52,000 fairness test AWA backlog 'looked at'

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52,000 fairness test AWA backlog 'looked at'

The entire backlog of more than 52,000 AWAs have been looked at by the new Workplace Authority and several thousand letters will go out next week telling employers and employees of their status under the new fairness test.

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The entire backlog of more than 52,000 AWAs have been looked at by the new Workplace Authority and several thousand letters will go out next week telling employers and employees of their status under the new fairness test.

Director of the Workplace Authority, Barbara Bennett, said that these letters would refer to agreements lodged since 7 May when the fairness test took effect.

'There have been more than 52,000 agreements lodged since 7 May and we have looked at them all', Bennett said.

She said that starting today (Friday) and continuing over the next week, letters will be sent to employers and employees to let them know whether:

  • their agreements will be assessed against the fairness test
  • the fairness test does not apply to their agreements (for instance because their annual salary under their AWA is more than $75,000), or
  • their agreements pass the fairness test

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Bennett said other employers will also be contacted by email to provide more information to help the Workplace Authority assess their agreements for the fairness test.

'With several hundred assessors devoted to the fairness test, we are working hard to fulfil our responsibility to assess these agreements quickly,' she said.

Bennett said that at the same time as contacting employers about their agreements and the fairness test, the Workplace Authority is providing practical advice about changes to the workplace relations system through the Workplace Infoline (phone 1300 363 264), its website, and public information advertisements.

For further information about the lodgement of workplace agreements or the Fairness Test visit the Workplace Authority website.

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